Archive: Encouraging people to take up the model railway hobby

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2010 In late 2010  club member Tony Bettger arranged, under the aegis of the Liphook U3A a “Building a Model Railway” course over 12 weekly sessions of 2 hours each.  The course was attended by 11 “students” and was much enjoyed by everybody involved.  Tony with the help of Nick Harling, Martin Hill & John Chandler, prepared the course notes and provided the lecturers. This was part of our  celebration of 100 years of model railway clubs, which we used to improve the awareness of the club  and of the hobby, locally.

2012 The course did not attract the same level of interest as in 2010 but was re-run at a private address in Milland commencing Wednesday 28th March  for 12 weeks between 15-00 & 17.00 hrs (3.00 pm to 5.00 pm) each Wednesday afternoon, with breaks around the Easter holidays and on other occasions when either a majority of attendees or the course leader were unavailable. The notes were issued on a CD to participants at the end of the course. Only Tony was involved from the club at this stage

2013 I announced a new shorter, 8 week, 2 hours per week course, to commence in mid September at a cost of £18 with notes on a CD. There was a reasonable response, but unfortunately that did not turn into enough firm bookings and cheques, so for the first time we  had to cancel the course for that year and return cheques received.
Tony offered to those who responded model railway taster sessions – 4 attendances  on consecutive weeks at our club meetings (3 hours each) for £10, but there were no takers.

2014 Despite the setback in 2013 Tony  arranged another series as part of our 50th birthday celebrations. This was to a slightly different format. We had 5 people sign up (the maximum we could accommodate) but unfortunately  two dropped out for personal reasons.

Under the heading of short courses with Liphook U3A

Revised and updated September, 20-10-2011, 14-01-2012, March 2012, June 2012, November 2012, March 2013; May 2013; Mid July 2013; Early August 2013; 17th August 2013/20th August 2013/Early September/Mid September, October. February 2014, Late June 2014, August 2014; January 2017

Under current heading- February 2017